SEC to file separate charges against FTX’s SBF


The worst isn’t yet over for the disgraced founder of crypto exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried.

On Dec. 12, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it is preparing to file charges against Sam Bankman-Fried, which will be separate from the ones leading to his most recent arrest in The Bahamas.

In a statement on Twitter, the SEC tweeted a quote from its division of enforcement director Gurbir Grewal on Dec. 12 stating that the agency has “authorized separate charges relating to his violations of securities laws.”

Grewal said the charges will be filed publicly “tomorrow” on Dec. 14 at the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

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The SEC’s announcement comes only hours after news broke of Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest in The Bahamas on Dec. 12.

In a statement from Senator Ryan Pinder, the Attorney General of the Bahamas, Pinder said the arrest followed receipt of formal notification from the United States that it has filed criminal charges against SBF and is likely to request his extradition.

Specific details on the charges have not yet been confirmed, though it is understood to be in relation to wire and securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire and securities fraud and money laundering.

In his latest statement, Grewal commended its SEC’s “law enforcement partners” for securing the arrest of Bankman-Fried on federal criminal charges.